Apple scored a breakthrough court victory today against Motorola (Bloomberg was first to report). Its importance can hardly be overstated. This is so huge that it even begs the question of whether Google’s strategy for its $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility has failed before the deal is even formally closed (they’re still waiting for some regulatory approvals).
This sounds like a huge win for Apple. It was disappointing to see Google supporting Motorola’s hard line approach but, thankfully, it looks like the courts are realising Motorola (and Google) are overstepping the mark.
(This relates to what are called FRAND patents which are essential to global standards and as such are required to be licensed reasonably. Motorola (with Google’s full support) - to put it very lightly - weren’t offering Apple remotely reasonable terms.)